Perceptions of female-perpetrated intimate partner homicide – Construction and initial validation of a novel scale

Sally Crosland, Calli Tzani, Maria Ioannou

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Women who commit intimate partner homicide (IPH) are often described in stereotypical ways, such as unfeminine and therefore beyond explanation. Previous research suggests that stereotypical viewpoints have an impact in trial situations. To investigate the extent to which stereotypical beliefs play a part in sentencing, a scale was developed, to measure attitudes towards female perpetrators of IPH. The current project tests the developed scale, which measures attitudes towards female perpetrators of intimate partner homicide in the United Kingdom. Following an extensive review of the literature, a total of 107 items were generated overall, reflecting the stereotypical categories. An expert pool analysed how well each item reflected the category to which it was assigned. This research identified four factors associated with stereotyping of female intimate partner homicide perpetrators, suggesting that specific concepts exist in relation to attitudes towards female homicide perpetrators. The scale could assist in jury verdicts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
JournalAssessment and Development Matters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2023

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